The upcoming election could further shrink Democratic representation of rural areas in the House of Representatives, making it more difficult for agriculture advocates and the pesticide industry to find lawmakers who can get federal regulators’ attention.
EPA has decided against regulating the use of pesticide-treated seeds under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, but the agency is looking into whether the seeds are being sold and used in ways that violate existing restrictions.
Producers of fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops will be asking lawmakers for more funding in the next farm bill, including new research to meet the sector’s pressing need for automation and new crop-protection products.
Restrictions designed to limit off-target dicamba damage to crops and other plants did not put a halt to widespread complaints of such damage in 2021, EPA said in an ecological risk assessment released Thursday.
A new study analyzing data on genetically modified Bt corn has found “little impact on nontarget insects and other organisms, especially compared to growing conventional corn,” USDA's Agricultural Research Service said Monday.
The Environmental Protection Agency is hailing newly announced measures to protect endangered species from malathion as a “major milestone” in its work with the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect federally listed species.